Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as “Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” section 2 states that it shall be the policy of the state to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect or will affect their survival and normal development and over which have no control.” The best interest of children shall be of the paramount consideration in all, whether by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities, and legislative bodies consistent with the principle of First Call for children as enunciated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Very Friendly Eskolar ng Bayan is now on its 10th year catering to indigent children who work as sweepers of the public utility jeepneys in Oton. The Eskolar ng Bayan was enhanced by catering to those children who were victims of abuse. The Local Government Unit provides school bags, school supplies, school uniforms and miscellaneous fees the beneficiaries.
For inquiries, you may visit the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.